how to go to wordpress dashboard
A default WordPress dashboard.

How to go to WordPress Dashboard

How to go to WordPress dashboard is one of the easiest things you can do in WordPress. Let’s get started.

What is the WordPress dashboard?

The WordPress dashboard is considered the “home” destination for the backend of your entire WordPress site. It’s a one-stop-shop for you to see a variety of statuses and information related to your site.

how to go to wordpress dashboard

A default WordPress dashboard.

By default, the WordPress dashboard will help summarize the following:

  • Content related statuses
    • How many posts, pages and comments are published/live
    • Recently published content
    • Recent comments
    • Comments awaiting moderation or an action (approve, spam, trash)
  • WordPress.org related news
    • Upcoming local WordPress events and meetups
    • Information on WordPress WordCamps throughout the world
    • WordPress development news (updates and features)
    • General WordPress updates (example)
    • WordPress open-source news (contributors, development)

Apart from the default information available via the visible dashboard modules, users can also select to see more available dashboard modules that can be accessed via the Screen Options pull-down menu in the top right.

WordPress dashboard default screen options

Do you remember when you first installed WordPress and were prompted with a nice little introductory module like the one below?

Welcome to WordPress dashboard module

If you “dismissed” it, it didn’t go away entirely. It’s always accessible via the dashboard’s Screen Options pull-down menu.

The Welcome to WordPress! welcome module is not all that useful once you know your way around the backend and especially once you’ve developed more than one site, but it does provide a quick glimpse of important actions available via the backend. It can be a helpful way to get started with WordPress.

One important link to check out in this module is the learn more about getting started link. This goes to the WordPress Codex and contains a lot more information about what to do and how to get started with WordPress.

For the curious: As you (as the admin of a site) install more plugins, you’ll notice that the WordPress dashboard becomes increasingly important and beneficial as a “one-stop-shop” to see many things related to your site. Some plugins may add information (modules) about the current security status of your site, or the number of products in your e-commerce store inventory, or the number of broken links in some articles, etc. Some plugins provide great details in the dashboard in relation to the functionalities they provide, so don’t overlook the dashboard’s importance as your site grows!

How to go to WordPress dashboard

As mentioned, the beauty about going to the WordPress dashboard is that it’s one of the simplest things to find.

By default, when you login to your WordPress website, the first place it will redirect you to will be your site’s WordPress dashboard. Again, it’s the “home” of your administrative backend, just like the homepage is the home to your site’s front end!

WordPress Default Login

The default WordPress login page redirects users to the WordPress dashboard.

If logging in doesn’t redirect you to the dashboard, your site’s WordPress dashboard can always be found as the first link in the main navigation menu.

How to go to WordPress Dashboard from main navigation menu

How to go to WordPress Dashboard via a URL

For the curious: the URL of a WordPress site’s dashboard is usually the following:

http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/index.php

It can also be accessed by simply typing:

http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin

Where yoursite is the name of your site’s domain or the location of the root installation. For WordPress installations done outside of the domain root, the dashboard’s location will relate to the subdirectory where WordPress is installed.

For example, in a subdirectory installation:

http://www.yoursite.com/WordPress/wp-admin/index.php

The WordPress folder is the root of the site’s installation (where the WordPress files live on the server in relation to the root domain, www.yoursite.com).

How to go to WordPress dashboard in a multisite network installation

In a WordPress multisite network installation, the dashboard for any subsite can be found using regular methods above.

To find the network’s WordPress dashboard, however, you’ll need to go to My Sites > Network Admin > Dashboard. The “My Sites” link can be found at the top left on the admin tool bar for network installations.

The URL of a WordPress network’s dashboard will look like the following:

http://www.yoursite.com/wp-admin/network/

A network’s WordPress dashboard’s role is the same as a single site’s dashboard only that it will contain information and or a summary of things that affect or relate to the network as a whole.

For example, instead of how many pages, posts and comments a single site has, a network dashboard will show how many sites the WordPress network has. In addition, plugins that are network-activated may show information related to the entire network as it pertains to that plugin.

Other Resources

Closing

Is there another way that you reach the WordPress dashboard? (Ultimately this conversation can go into a couple of different ways — for instance, accessing the dashboard via the free WordPress app or WordPress.org! Let us know your experience.)

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